Netflix’s new movie The Prom movie review.
In 2010, a female student named Constance McMillen wanted to attend her school graduation ceremony in a suit and with her girlfriend. The graduation ceremony was canceled at the request of the young girl living in Mississippi state of the United States. The story of the ruthless attitude and irrational behavior of narrow-minded and oppressive mentalities against a young person, which was brought to Broadway in 2018, now appears in Ryan Murphy’s hands in the movie The Prom, embellished with glitter, corners trimmed and compressed into the molds of traditional Hollywood.
The story we watch on The Prom, penned by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, tells the story of four liberal musical artists from Broadway heading to Indiana to help a gay teenager named Emma Nolan to save their own images. Eleanor they performed on Broadway! Upon the bad comments received by the musical named, these four artists set out to seek a social responsibility project that will save their image and make their names heard more. Acting for completely selfish reasons, this community of narcissistic characters, as a result of their rapid research, decides that Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman) ‘s incident is of a size that can both help them and make their names popular enough, and the story begins. The story of Emma, rejected by her family because she is homosexual, aims to tell the importance of empathy and respect for everyone.
The Prom Movie: Music, Glitters and Cliches
The Prom Movie Review – What The Prom wants to say about homophobic approaches and lack of empathy is quite important. At the same time, the movie is featured by bringing together star names like Meryl Streep (Dee Dee Allen), James Corden (Barry Glickman), Nicole Kidman (Angie Dickinson), and Andrew Rannells (Trent Oliver). Ryan Murphy takes an important step forward in the transition from a Hollywood that doesn’t even choose to bring gay characters to the stage, to Hollywood, which presents a story that represents the LGBTQ + community as the popular mainstream production of the holiday season. Murphy, who brought productions like Glee to the audience, is doing his best to bring these stories, which are undoubtedly overlooked but an irrefutable part of life, into big-budget studio films that appeal to the general audience of all kinds of ideas as well as independent productions. The Prom is one of the steps taken in this direction. The film, which offers quite powerful moments in a musical sense, looks interesting thanks to its bright colors, high tone and cast, and complies with all the requirements of popular culture. The biggest chance of the film, which is visually successful, especially in its production design and costumes, is Meryl Streep’s performance. Especially when singing the song “It’s Not About Me”, it increases the momentum of the story as usual, and at the same time, the film successfully conveys all the messages it wants to give to its audience, as Andrew Rannells sings “Love Thy Neighbor”. Rannells’ prominent performance reminds us that those who set up a moral court to judge others also have decisions in their lives that may contradict narrow-minded or conservative ideas, because we live in an age where nobody’s life should concern anyone. The story, which is based on the feeling of empathy, emphasizes the indisputable necessity of accepting and most importantly, respecting the private lives of people. In this sense, the most important problem of the film, which does everything it wants to do, is that it succumbs to its enthusiasm to adapt to stereotypes while telling its story, which is strong enough to break the norms created by narrow-minded ideas.
The Prom Movie Review – Despite the importance of Casey Nicholaw’s choreography, Lou Eyrich’s costume design, successful cast of names, and the importance of what he wants to say, The Prom is struggling to adapt everything it does to classical methods. He chooses familiar ways to tell his story, even telling his characters by shaping them according to typical expectations and associating them with cliches, as he did when introducing Barry Glickman, who tries to solve all kinds of problems with a walk in the shopping center. At the same time, his losing narrative remains predictable by following familiar paths, pushing back some of his cast members, notably Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells. Despite all that she went through, Emma never appeared as a strong character who took full control of us except when she sang the song “Unruly Heart”, while her girlfriend Alyssa (Ariana Debose) ‘s deeply conservative mother (Kerry Washington) Instead of putting it in a logical framework and respecting, it accepts only through maternal feelings. Since the film generally adopts the usual mathematics of studio films, there are no surprising turns in the course of its narrative, whose corners have already been filed with the concern of making it suitable for everyone, and therefore the flow rate of the story gets slower. In addition, the story is presented in the form of a feel-good narrative full of clichés in Murphy’s pink world, and Matthew Libatique’s cinematography and camera movements used to show the scene in crowds are noticeable enough to draw attention from the actors, making the film’s viewing experience difficult. Having a high rhythm at the beginning, the movie captured this momentum; Typical characters, narrative softened with anxiety for acceptance by a certain audience, failing to balance the side stories while overshadowing the main characters, and the plot that remains predictable, is unable to continue for more than two hours. When the film is over, instead of the powerful effect its narrative deserves, the pink and blue glitter floating in the air, melodies from unforgettable songs and an outdated narrative style remain.
With The Prom, Ryan Murphy is producing a bright and entertaining production that aims to explain the importance of empathy and, more importantly, the freedom of individuals about their sexual orientation, without being taboo for the general audience that big budget studio films reach. However, in doing so, he leaves his narrative in the shadow of clichés, as he does not stop following in the footsteps of traditional Hollywood. This attitude, with its originality, always stands as an obstacle to the angular patterns of traditional norms, no matter how free or innovative their ideas are.
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